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My grandmother on my dad's side is often in my thoughts, especially this time of year.
She was born Blanche Ruth Baum in 1893 in Rochester, Ind. She kept the Blanche a secret from everyone. I didn't know that was her first name until she died and Dad was writing the obituary.
She was the only child of Ollie and Sadie, who owned and operated a general store, Baum's Grocery.
She told me many times about spending time in the store, playing or doing her homework. When she was old enough, she started clerking after school.
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